The next couple of weeks in Irish politics could be quite a spectacle. The establishment parties are determined to expose what they see as the faults in the politics of change.
They would, wouldn't they, says you. But perhaps they also should doff their caps to Mary Lou McDonald and her merry band of left-wing TDs.
Sinn Féin insists it won the election. One in four voters wants it to run the country, so the attitude in both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is let it off.
McDonald will be given the time and space over the coming weeks to enter into talks with the people she perceives to be like-minded.
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will sit back and let Sinn Féin and the left negotiate, safe in the knowledge they don't have the numbers to form a government.
As of last night, Sinn Féin (37), Green Party (10), Solidarity-People Before Profit (5), the Labour Party (5) and Social Democrats (4) had 61 seats between them. A couple more Independents might jump on board too.
But even if the notoriously fractured left could come together and agree on some form of coalition, it would still have to seek a confidence-and-supply agreement from either Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael. At present, Leo Varadkar is saying he won't even enter into government discussions with Sinn Féin which presumably includes a confidence-and-supply agreement.
Micheál Martin's comments on the first day of the election count suggested he may be open to forming a government with Sinn Féin. But such an analysis may have been rash.
Most in Fianna Fáil seem happy to allow Sinn Féin and the left to play politics for a while before they step in.
They believe they will be exposed once the public sees them in action. The view is that the parties won't be able to find much common ground and will end up ripping each other to shreds.
They will agree on some points. For instance, a rent freeze. But how do the Greens and Sinn Féin come to an arrangement on carbon taxes and electric cars when they are so far apart?
And even if they do strike a deal, they have to bring it to Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael to get final sign-off.
It seems like a long shot. And it's not like the parties of the left in Ireland have any experience of being in power. Fianna Fáil is the closest this country has had to a left-wing government, which says a lot.
For selfish reasons, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael TDs are anxious to allow Sinn Féin try to make a government.
Both parties have spent four years listening to Mary Lou McDonald and her TDs complain about their roles in overseeing the country. The left-wing TDs have been equally critical of the confidence-and-supply partners.
So now it's their turn to show how they could do it better. Solve the problems in housing and health and turn Ireland into the socialist utopia they have promised.
Houses for all, a doctor for every patient and little or no taxes taken from your monthly income. Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen said Sinn Féin had to show its "ambition seriously now and ensure we get a government from the left".
Mr Cowen also said: "I don't believe 22pc of the vote is a vote of confidence in our ability to govern."
This would suggest Mr Cowen would be happy to spend some time in opposition, which would raise questions about Micheál Martin's leadership in such a scenario.
Yesterday, senior Fianna Fáil TDs admitted Mr Martin's tenure would be in jeopardy if the party is not in government.
But for now they are happy to sit back and see what happens next.
No one is any rush to form a government. The more time the better as far as Fianna Fáil is concerned.
The more exposure of Sinn Féin the better. Once, or if, it cobbles a deal together with its left-wing pals, Fianna Fáil can scrutinise it and decide if there is any way it could stomach it. This will take a few more weeks.
All the while, Sinn Féin and the left's policies are being debated in public, which is something that has never really happened at length in this country.
Mostly because they were not in government and were never going to have an impact on any elections. But in this scenario, their ideas will be examined intensely.
After weeks of negotiating, Fianna Fáil will ultimately be able to say Sinn Féin's proposals are not compatible with its beliefs and end the process.
After that there are two options. The most stable for the country is a Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party coalition.
The second is another general election and the two main parties might also opt for this depending on how the public reacts to scrutiny of Sinn Féin's policies.